Conscious Consumption, General ramblings, One Planet Living

One Planet Buying – Borrowing

February 14, 2017

OK, so we’re already halfway through our month of ‘conscious consumption’ or One Planet Buying (trying to find the things we need or want, and still stay within the resource constraints of the planet) and before we get on to the whole ‘buying’ bit of One Planet Buying, I want to spend some time highlighting some brilliant alternatives to dashing out and buying brand new stuff whenever we need (or want) things.
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One Planet Buying – Conscious Consumption

February 7, 2017

This month’s focus for One Planet Living, is One Planet Buying, and I introduced it in last week’s post.
Now it’s time to start to get into the nitty gritty of One Planet Buying – what can we do as individuals and as families, to make sure that the our consumption doesn’t exceed the resource constraints of the planet.
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One Planet Living – One Planet Buying

February 2, 2017

How is it February already?
January has whizzed by in a whirl of Making Do. Taking the time to notice and make use of the things we already have has been a great way to start the year.
We’re moving on now to a new topic for our year of One Planet Living, and this month it’s all about Buying. I’ve called it ‘One Planet Buying’ in an effort to convey the idea that when we buy stuff, we need to be doing it with the planet and its resource limitations in mind. But it could also be called ‘slow buying’ or ‘conscious consumerism’. It’s all about changing our mindset when it comes to the things we buy. Buying in a more thoughtful and considered way, rather than a knee-jerk reaction to a bad day, or a sale in our favourite shop, or feeling like we need to keep up with the Jones’ (whoever they are).
We need to mindful of the impact of the things we are buying, both in terms of the resources needed to make them, and the people who have made it too.

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Making Do – Craft Supplies

January 31, 2017

I’m sneaking in a last post for this Making Do month right at the last minute.
So far this month I’ve written about the importance of Making Do, Making Do and it’s positive impact on mental wellbeing, some tips for Making Do, Making Do with Food and Making Do with Clothes (and there was me thinking I hadn’t posted as much as I had wanted to..!).
When I asked people in my Facebook group what their sustainable New Year’s Resolutions were for 2017, a few people mentioned that they were planning to Make Do with the craft supplies they already had, and would not be adding to them until they had used up all of their fabric/yarn/insert other addictive crafting hobby supplies here stashes. So I figured it might be good to write a post dedicated to that very thing.
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Making Do – Clothes

January 30, 2017

I meant to write this last week, but time kind of ran away with me, so now I’m squishing in the last couple of posts for our first month of One Planet Living into the last couple of days of the month!

This first month of our One Planet Living focus is all about Making Do, or loving the stuff we already have. Lots of people in my Facebook community have been having great success with Making Do with food this month, and have been shopping their cupboards and freezers, making all kinds of variations on ‘Fridge Soup’ and other inventive meals.
Other people have been focussing on Making Do with the clothes they already have, or have committing to not buying any more craft supplies until they have used up their existing stashes.
Today, I’m going to focus on Making Do with respect to our clothes, and share some tips and links that will help you learn to love and appreciate the clothes you already have, instead of buying into the fast fashion messages that you need to constantly be replenishing your wardrobe.

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